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Fergie’s £35 million double deal speculation ridiculed

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Napoli have laughed off reports that midfielder Marek Hamsik is on his way to Manchester United after rumours appeared in the English press.

United have been linked with a mega-bucks bid for Hamsik and team mate Edison Cavani, with a price of £35 million being quoted.

The Old Trafford outfit have reportedly been looking into targets for the January transfer window, despite Sir Alex Ferguson ruling out bringing any players to the club.

Furthermore, Liverpool have been linked with Hamsik in the past but Cavani could be a possibility for the Anfield club as they are currently on the look out for a

When Liverpool were interested in Hamsik, the Italian club moved quickly to get the Slovakian to agree to a long-term contract – to which he is tied until 2015.

And the club have done the same in the wake of interest from Manchester United as club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has assured fans the duo will not be leaving.

He said: “I’ve read that Sir Alex Ferguson would like to buy Hamsik and Cavani for 40m euros (£35m) and I started to laugh.

“Unfortunately, many people don’t realise it is important to keep your best players to be able to become champions.”

Coincidentally the comments come in the buuild up to Napoli's crunch Europa League group game with Manchester United's fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow.

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